Easy Crostini Recipes

Italian for "little toasts", crostini make versatile appetizers

Italian for "little toasts", crostini make versatile appetizers. Just about anything will taste delicious on a little piece of good bread. We've rounded up our favorite crostini recipes.

Seafood makes a lovely crostini topping. Try pairing marinated fresh sardines with a chive salsa verde and a zesty lemon and fennel salad on ciabatta or garlicky shrimp with rosemary cooked in bacon drippings and served on multigrain bread.

For something meatier, try our chicken liver spread made with anchovies, vin santo, and sautéed vegetables. Or try pairing salty prosciutto with cavolo nero, a hearty kale.

Many of our favorite crostini are vegetarian. In one, goat cheese is paired with a tangy-sweet tapenade made with dried figs, kalamata olives, and capers. For a light, simple Spanish-style crostini, top your bread with grated tomato and sea salt. Or top garlic-rubbed toast with creamy ricotta, rosemary-accented beans, and spicy sautéed broccoli rabe.

Ricotta is a wonderful topping for crostini. It's great spread onto good bread, but even better in a few simple pairings. Lemon zest, olives, and mint make for a briny and refreshing crostini. Soppressata and cherry tomatoes each pair wonderfully with ricotta, as well.

Find all of these crostini and more in our collection of great crostini recipes!

Shtetl Toast

Shtetl Toast

Gribenes, the deeply-flavored result of cooking chicken skin and onions down in fat—a byproduct of rendering schmaltz—is perfect fodder for schmearing on this crostini from Wise Sons Jewish delicatessen in San Francisco.Matt Taylor-Gross
Chicken Liver on Toast

Chicken Liver Crostini

Creamy, earthy chicken livers are pureed with vin santo and sauteed vegetables for a classic and addictive spread.André Baranowski
Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade

Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade

A tangy-sweet tapenade made with dried figs, kalamata olives, and capers is the perfect foil for mild goat cheese in this easy appetizer. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade »Signe Birck
Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini

Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini

Crusty, garlicky toasted bread is topped with creamy ricotta, rosemary-accented beans, and spicy sautéed broccoli rabe in this quick, satisfying Italian appetizer.Andre Baranowski
Shrimp and Rosemary Crostini

Shrimp and Rosemary Crostini

For this simple appetizer, shrimp are sautéed in smoky bacon fat and served on grilled bread with rosemary.Ingalls Photography
Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress

Toast with Roasted Beet Dip, Smoked Salmon, and Watercress

Roasting beets and puréeing them with a little balsamic vinegar makes a sweet, earthy spread that's a perfect base for slices of smoked salmon and peppery watercress.Helen Rosner
Pan Con Tomate Crostini

Spanish-Style Toast with Tomato (Pan Con Tomate)

All you need for this simple Spanish snack is good-quality olive oil, bread, garlic, a ripe tomato, and a sprinkle of sea salt.André Baranowski
Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Smoked Salmon with Fromage Blanc, Chives, and Pickled Celery

Pickled celery balances the subtleness of fromage blanc in a simple and elegant canapé.Helen Rosner
Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini

Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini

Sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy come together on little toasts, which pair cubes of sweet potato with a flavorful spread featuring lemon zest, capers and sour cream.Helen Rosner
Kale and Prosciutto on Toast

Cavolo Nero and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Cavolo nero, also known as Tuscan kale, Lacinato kale, or Dinosaur kale, balances thinly sliced, salty prosciutto over toast.Laura Sant
Sardine Crostini

Marinated Sardine Crostini with Salsa Verde and Fennel

Chef Tony Mantuano, of Chicago's Spiaggia, combines the zippy flavors of tarragon and chive salsa verde with a zesty lemon and fennel salad in this marinated sardine crostini.Maxime Iattoni
Ricotta and Olive Crostini

Ricotta Crostini with Black Olives, Lemon Zest, and Mint

The combination of lemon zest, flavorful olives, and refreshing mint gives this crostini a Mediterranean twist.André Baranowski
Ricotta Crostini with Soppressata

Ricotta Crostini with Soppressata

Creamy, luscious cows' or sheep's milk ricotta pairs beautifully with grilled, toasted, or fried slices of crusty bread for a simple and rustic crostini.André Baranowski
Ricotta Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes

Ricotta Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes

Ripe cherry tomatoes add sweetness to crostini topped with fresh ricotta.André Baranowski